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Single Idea 4928

[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 3. Modularity of Mind]

Full Idea

A theoretical analysis of complexity suggests that neuronal complexity strikes an optimum balance between segregation and integration, which fits the view of the brain as a collection of specialists who talk to each other a lot.

Gist of Idea

Brain complexity balances segregation and integration, like a good team of specialists


G Edelman / G Tononi (Consciousness: matter becomes imagination [2000], Ch.11)

Book Reference

Edelman,G/Tononi,G: 'Consciousness: how matter becomes imagination' [Penguin 2000], p.136

A Reaction

This is a theoretical point, but comes from a leading neuroscientist, and seems to endorse Fodor's modularity proposal. For a philosopher, one of the issues here is how to reconcile the segregation with the Cartesian unity and personal identity of a mind.